Visit the Finger Lakes winery founded by the legendary Dr. Konstantin Frank, pioneer grower of European wine grape varieties in the eastern United States, on Keuka Lake in New York State. Founded in 1962, Vinifera Wine Cellars was the first Finger Lakes winery to produce truly world-class wines. They include: Johannisberg Riesling-Dry and Semi-Dry, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Rkatsiteli, Fleur de Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and others. To this day, Vinifera Wine Cellars - now in the capable hands of Dr. Frank's son, Willy and grandson Fred - is regarded as a pillar of the area's fine wine industry.
Its sister winery, Chateau Frank, is dedicated to producing outstanding sparkling wines. Chateau Frank's flagship Brut Champagne has received countless accolades and has caught the attention of wine experts from coast to coast.
Salmon Run Meritage
This classic blend of red Bordeaux varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot – extends the range of the Salmon Run into carefully crafted, age-worthy red wines. Barrel aged in mostly French oak barrels for a year, this blend offers both uncommon complexity and value. With its exquisite balance, soft tannins and smooth finish, this wine is certain to appeal to even discerning wine lovers. Composition: 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 54% Merlot
Dr Konstantin Frank Chardonnay
The 2003 bottling presents the green gold hue typical of cool-climate Chardonnay. The floral and fruity bouquet of this wine with mineral and toasty elements is in harmony with this style of Chardonnay. The aromas of peach, quince and melon on the nose give way to a supple texture with great fruit concentration, vibrant acidity and a long finish. This wine will continue to develop layers of nuances for years to come. This Chardonnay exemplifies the food friendly style that we strive for at Dr. Frank's with good acidity, integrated and not overwhelming oak, moderate alcohol and a wine not dominated by the malolactic character.
Salmon Run Pinot Noir
Reflecting both its origins and vintages, this wine shows very good Pinot Noir character with vibrant raspberry and cherry fruit, soft tannins, lively acidity and a long, clean finish. This Pinot Noir shows the potential that Pinot Noir holds in the Finger Lakes region. A very versatile wine, this Pinot Noir can both be paired with duck breast and other game dishes and with more delicate fish or poultry dishes. This wine has repeatedly shown particular high levels of resveratrol with all of the associated health benefits.
Dr Konstantin Frank Cabernet Franc
The 2003 Cabernet Franc with its deep Ruby color shows how a full -bodied wine can be made from this variety grown on clay soils and in good vintages. It presents the combination of fruity and earthy aromas found in great wines made from this variety with cherry, plum, blackberry fruit along with the spicy, tobacco and earthy tones. On the palate this wine displays great ripeness with soft tannins, layers of fruit and a long, pleasant finish. While this wine is already tempting, it will certainly improve with extended cellar aging.
Salmon Run Coho Red
Salmon Run Coho Red is exquisitely balanced to present an easy to drink, slightly fruity off-dry taste. Very popular, this vibrantly refreshing red wine is skillfully blended by our winemakers to produce a proprietary blend from classic vinifera grapes. Flavors of raspberries and cherries are wrapped in a soft full-bodied style making this an ideal everyday wine
Salmon Run Johannisberg Riesling
This Riesling displays all the characteristics that have made the reputation of the Finger Lakes Riesling: mineral character, steely acidic backbone, floral elements and pear/apple notes. The finish is left off-dry to make this a wine that can easily be paired with food at the table and also enjoyed on its own.
2005 Long Beach Grand Cru, American Wine Society Competition (2004), New York Wine & Food Classic
Chateau Frank Blanc de Blancs
Presenting typical complexity and delicate flavors, this wine exemplifies the traditional Blanc de Blancs style. A crisp acidity accompanied by citrus, floral and hazelnut aromas makes this medium-bodied Champagne very pleasant. Extended lees aging gives it noticeable yeast autolysis character with notes of toast and beeswax.